Are looking to refine and enhance what you’ve been doing as a parent because you just “know” that you can and that both you and your child(ren) would benefit all the more from it?
Or are you a frustrated parent floating aimlessly in a sea of authoritarian how-tos that simply don’t work for you or your child(ren)?
Maybe you have even discovered your own parents in your words and actions and wondered how the heck that happened?!
A new parenting seminar series entitled Parenting with an Open Heart is all about empowering the knowledge and wisdom that every human being comes with, passed down for millions of generations, but only recently doubted and suppressed.
Although these past 10,000 years have put many barriers between the civilized person’s intuitive knowledge and day-to-day life, thankfully our innate human heritage remains!
This seminar series is designed to help you reconnect with instinctive and heart-centred parenting…with its joy and success! It will revolve around you and what you need and it’s designed for all parents, care-givers and parents-to-be, of any generation. Sure, there’s lots of information to be gleaned, but we’ll work with your life and use our lives as examples so it will be as easy as possible to Parent with an Open Heart.
We’ll start by looking at how we got to where we are, by using Alice Miller’s work as a primary guide.
We’ll also look at the what current day parenting guides and books are really telling us; what works and doesn’t work and why.
Then, we’ll explore what we and our children actually need.
We’ll talk about:
- home births (Ina May Gaskin makes this as easy as it could be),
- attachment parenting (the kind described in The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff),
- diaper-free or elimination communication,
- sign language,
- how to meet both our and our child(ren)’s needs simultaneously or nearly so,
- home- or un-schooling aka natural learning,
- how to enjoy getting around on foot and bike with an infant up to a young adult,
- why what we put in our bodies (food, drugs/vaccines) is so important,
- how to inspire the behaviours that you desire rather than creating a power struggle,
- and much much more.
We’ll focus on the positives of all these, but we won’t ignore the problems of parenting with a closed heart.
Nonviolent communication is a technique that will be used during the course of this seminar; you need not know it or even want to learn it, but it will help you discover your feelings and needs and those of the rest of your family. It is highly recommended! And most importantly, it will help us keep the Parenting with an Open Heart seminar space a “No-fault Zone!”
Admission to each session is by donation, and I don’t want anyone to use cost as a reason not to come. Snacks are provided (but bring your own specialty to share if you wish) and the suggested sliding scale is $0 to $50. If it’s more enjoyable for you to trade or barter services or goods, then please let me know so we can arrange it. My goal is simply to make life more wonderful for more people! And yes, children are welcome!
Pre-registration for Parenting with an Open Heart is advised and recommended. Simply email me at eec at resist dot ca (replacing the at with an “@” [no quotes] and the dot with a “.”; sorry for the extra edits but it keeps the spam away) or call me at 604.216.6700 with your name and contact info. In the event of a last minute change, I’ll make sure you are kept up-to-date.
Session dates for Vancouver are Friday, May 20th, Friday, June 3rd, and Friday June 17th at the Lion’s Den, 770 Commercial Drive (corner of Adanac; enter from Commercial into the basement). We’ll start gathering at 6pm and formally begin at 6:30pm for 2 hours. My goal is to get you home by 9pm.
Dave Olsen will be facilitating these parenting seminars. He grew up in the suburbs of Vancouver and recently built a healthy, sustainable home on Lasqueti Island. Although he has been a consultant for almost two decades, it was his daughter’s birth 6 years ago that put him on what he calls life’s most important path: Parenting with an Open Heart.
The greatest compliment he is aware of receiving was when a close friend and fellow parent of two asked him if he had read The Continuum Concept written by the recently deceased Jean Liedloff; when he asked about the book, the friend was shocked because she said he parented exactly like the book describes!
Dave is available for parent coaching; he can be reached at eec at resist dot ca or 604.216.6700.